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Thinking back to our childhood school friends…

Do you ever wonder whatever became of a childhood school friend who always seemed to be getting into trouble for not paying attention in class? Recently a colleague mentioned that there was one little boy in her grammar school class who always seemed distracted and inattentive; and, as a result, the well intentioned teachers often physically punished him for his behavior. It wasn’t always easy to witness the exchanges between the little boy and the teachers, but time went by and after the 8th grade promotion she lost track of this young classmate. Out of curiosity, now 50 years later, this colleague decided to Google the name of her classmate. This was an easy search; the young boy had an unusual name and as luck would have it he had never moved away from their hometown area. Guess what? The little boy, who by today’s standards probably exhibited symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), is a successful dentist for more than 35 years!

ADHD and Adderall in the news again

Adderall is a psychostimulant medication which contains amphetamine. It comes in an instant release (IR) formula and an extended release (XR) release formula; however, the IR formula is used for both ADHD and narcolepsy and the XR formula is to be used only for ADHD.

Cottonwood Tucson’s clinical staff often treats patients who have been diagnosed with ADHD, as well as patients who have become addicted to prescription drugs like the stimulant Adderall. Additionally, we have published posts about ADHD over the past few years.

On February 2, 2012, Alan Schwarz, of The New York Times,  published the story of Richard Fee who ultimately committed suicide in November 2011 as a result to his addiction to Adderall.

Meet Rick and Kathy Fee with Matt Lauer, NBC’s Today Show

This past week, February 7th, Matt Lauer, of NBC’s Today Show sat down with Richard Fee’s parents, Rick and Kathy Fee, along with Richard’s sister, Ryan, and Dr. Nancy Snyderman to discuss Richard’s story and the use and abuse of Adderall.  

If you are having trouble viewing the video, you can watch it here.

Learning more about Adderall addiction

To assist you in learning more about ADHD and Adderall addiction we have included related articles below. As we learned more about Richard Fee a couple of remarks from Richard’s parents and Alan Schwarz caught our attention.

  • According to Rick Fee: Richard had never shown any A.D.H.D. symptoms his entire life, from
    nursery school through high school, when he was awarded a full academic
    scholarship to Greensboro College in North Carolina. 
  • Alan Schwarz stated in recent television interview: Richard’s story is not “how it ended, but how it evolved!”

Richard graduated with honors from college in 2008 and he planned to go to medical school.

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3 Responses
  1. For people who think that this drug is good, its not. I also had my daughter prescribed this medication when she was a freshman in high school, and I began to see dire side effects that were very frightening. My daughter was an outgoing, bright, friendly girl. As soon as she went on this medecine, she became withdrawn, paranoid, suicidal, and she developed extreme aniexties. I could not leave her alone, I had to watch her 24/7. I immediately stopped the medication, but it took me years to get my child back to where she was before the medication. She would threaten to jump out windows, out of moving cars, she would go over her friends house, only to call me within 5 minutes crying hysterically to come and get her. She could no longer play softball, a sport she played from the time she was 7 years old. It was a complete nightmare and I blame it on that medication and no one can tell me otherwise.

  2. However, ADHD is a far more complicated problem than it seems. For one thing, the three main the signs of ADHD are not unique to the problem. ADHD, poor awareness, and impulsivity are also the the signs of not related circumstances like actual physical integrated, problem, autism, and lack, to name a few. Your kid's indicators will not fade away if he or she is recognized and taken care of for the incorrect problem.

  3. Anonymous

    What does it take???? How many lives wasted??? My daughter was given adderall by a so called friend my wife and I did not realize she was taking it…she was told how to work the doctors so they would prescribe the drug to her..she was never diagnosed ADHD most of her doctors visits were 5 to 10 mins…my daughter has been taking this poison for about 15 yrs now…tried to kill herself…stays up all night …sometimes for days…has been diagnosed bipolar
    now…she is always paranoid she is always correct. never wrong on anything always hot she is never satisfied with anything…is this a great drug or what for anyone that is thinking of using adderall think again… as a kid I was not the smartest one I did not pay attention enough but I want to take the time right now to thank all my teachers for just talking to me and pushing me and not recommending to my parents that I should take a drug..I will thank them till the day I die…drugs are not the answer .. sit and talk to your children explain the importance of concentrating … do not cop out to perscribing drugs they are not the answer….I pray everyday my daughter will wake up and be what she was before the drugs but I fear the damage is done….

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